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Gibson, William (1948—)

An American science-fiction writer most renowned for coining the term "cyberspace" in Neuromancer (1984), the book hailed by many critics and technology buffs as the seminal work in the cyberpunk genre, William Gibson is most poignant in simultaneously relishing and demonizing the technologies which increasingly shape human relationships at the end of the millennium. The now-legendary idea of cyberspace, defined in Neuromancer and employed throughout his fiction, anticipated the Internet as a virtual playground where information is exchanged and where corporations rise and fall: "A consensual hallucination experienced daily by billions of legitimate operators, in every nation, by children being taught mathematical concepts … A graphic representation of data abstracted from the banks of every computer in the human system. Unthinkable complexity. Lines of light ranged in the nonspace of the mind, clusters and constellations of data. Like city lights, receding.&#x...

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